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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Election Inspectors and Poll Clerks needed?  Yes
  • Who can vote? You must be registered to vote in the general elections and enrolled in a party to vote in primary elections. To register, you must be a citizen of the United States, be 18 years old by the date of the election you want to vote, live at your present address for at least 30 days before an election, not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction, and not claim the right to vote elsewhere.
  • Where can I get a mail-in voter registration application? By contacting the Board of Elections. You can also get one at your local post office the county motor vehicle office, or download the application from the Services page.
  • Can I register in person? Yes. Many public agencies are now providing voter registration forms and assistance. You can also register at the Board of Elections office.
  • How will I know where to vote? You will receive a post card after registering telling you where to vote, thereafter sometime in August you will receive a post card telling you where to vote. Watch for it! It will also indicate your election district and number.
  • What happens if I can't vote on Election Day? If you will be out of town on Election Day or are physically unable to go to the polls, you can vote by absentee ballot.
  • How can I get an absentee ballot? Absentee ballot applications can be obtained by writing the Board of Elections, by calling 518-295-8326/8388 or by downloading and printing the Application Form
  • If I move should I change my address with the Board of Elections? Yes. Most often moving changes your voting district if not your Town. However IF you are registered in the county and forget to update your address with the board of elections you can vote at your NEW polling place by affidavit ballot, which will enable you to update your address and vote
  • If I register to vote, will I be called for Jury Duty? Jurors are drawn from lists of state taxpayers and licensed drivers, as well as from voter registration lists. Do not give up your right to vote in hope that you will avoid jury duty. Chances are if you pay taxes or drive a car, you will be called. Besides, serving on a jury is a privilege, one that permits you to personally stand up for all American's right to a jury of their peers.